Friday, October 28, 2011



I have the most amazing news to share today.

Last week, one of my favorite challenge sites, the deconstructed sketch advertised for a guest designer position for the next 3 months. As I LOVE the deconstructed sketch so much, I applied with my DS23 entry and oh my goodness, they chose ME!!!!! I'm still doing the happy dance here in "the land down under". I am so thrilled to be part of this talented team for the next three months.

So without further ado, here is this weeks deconstructed sketch, brought to you by the super-talented jen shults........

.......and here is my creation using Jen's sketch.......



It was so easy to follow the sketch exactly. I don't think I really made any alterations at all.The little French Penny Black clear stamp teamed perfectly with these My Mind's Eye papers.

I hope you like my first ever deconstructed sketch guest designer post.

There are many other beautiful creations to inspire you on the rest of the DT blogs, so don't forget to check them out too, and then play along with us this week.



Big congrats to Andrea Ewen too, my fellow Guest Teamie for the next 3 months.

Thankyou so much for stopping by, and don't forget to check out The Greeting Farm's new Wild Sprout on my earlier blog post from today too.



Hi again!

I'm back with another preview today from The Greeting Farm!

We couldn't help but notice a new little someone “sprouting” up this November...and have a sweet sneak preview for you today!




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For today's Matilda card I followed Jen's sketch#24 over at the deconstructed sketch.

Here it is......



It was such a  fun, easy sketch to follow. Thanks Jen.

Matilda is sassy, sweet, and everything in between and will be released on NOVEMBER 1st, so grab your wish lists and check them twice!

In addition to all of the FUN going on around the Farm this coming week, The Greeting Farm would like to invite you to come and hang out with us for FUN chatter throughout release day on our SCS Forum and hopefully we'll run into each other live at some point!

Last but not least, and you'll hear more about this on RELEASE day, mark your calendars for November 11th- our first live “virtual stamp event' on our SCS forum with a themed challenge, prizes, and our very first customer hostess of the evening. This is something we are planning on doing once a month so if there are any potential hostesses out there, stay tuned!!!

For now, be sure to visit the TGF BLOG for more details on how you can WIN WS Matilda today and thanks for coming by!

Happy stamping



Thursday, October 27, 2011


Hello Farm friends!

This month has really flown by, hasn't it? We hope you've enjoyed the 5 clear stamp sets we released at the beginning of the month and hope you'll join us for some more fun and chatter on November 1st when The Greeting Farm brings you another character-packed release!


That's right! We're back this month with some brand-spankin' new additions to our very beloved line of TGF characters and we are covering ALL the bases this month! We've got a new Sprout, TWO new Creepers, and an Anya that will have you at HELLO, believe me!


Speaking of HELLO's, we have a VERY exciting announcement today too! Please welcome KRIS PALAKIKO to our Design Team as our November Guest! Most of you know Kris from all of her enthusiasm and participation in many of our challenges over the past few years...pretty much since TGF's beginning back when we were still “Pink Poison!” She is a die-hard fan, loyal customer, and talented crafter and we hope you'll stop by to welcome her to the Farm this month! On that note, a HUGE note of thanks to Lori Craig who was our wonderful October guest! We are going to miss her but know she won't be a stranger and I'm sure a lot of you will be running into her in our new Splitcoaststampers home! Thanks Lori and WELCOME Kris!


….and WELCOME to the newest little sweetie on the Farm...

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Isn't she beautiful? We just adore her and are thinkin' you might too...(wink ;)

Holiday Anya is the first of FOUR single, rubber stamp previews so stay tuned tomorrow for more...but for now, visit our blogs because ONE of us has Holiday Anya hidden and up for grabs! You never know WHO will win might be you!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you tomorrow with someone else sprouting up on the Farm!

Thanks for stopping by,

Farmer Tracey.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Hi there,

After last week's mammoth TGF/TWINERY post, this one is going to be short and sweet.

Just for something different I inked up Winter marci from LaLaLand crafts to make a Thank you card. I kept the card fairly casual, with some paper-piecing and My Mind's Eye papers.


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I hope you like it. I might even try linking it to the LALALAND BLOG GALLERY here.

Thanks for stopping by today,


Saturday, October 22, 2011


Welcome to our combined Blog Swap/Hop today featuring two fantastic companies, The Greeting Farm and The Twinery!   If you're just getting here from Angelica's blog, WELCOME!  If you have yet to begin the hop, please visit the TWINERY BLOG to begin!  Hooray!

We are so excited to bring you a fun hop, loads of inspiration when the world of TGF Rubber stamps collides with the quality baker's twine we've all come to know and love, and some of the most talented designers in the industry with new and fun projects to share!

Did we mention PRIZES? There are definitely a few of those too so you'll want to check out our event today! Thank you so much for coming!

The Greeting Farm first sprouted into the stamping world in 2008 as a small dream and has cultivated into something wonderful because of wonderful customers like you! With three years of farm-fresh images under their belt, TGF is going strong and love brings you fun-loving, animated characters, including the best-selling "Anya" line. The Greeting Farm brings you cute, charismatic images that are LOADS of fun to COLOR! There is truly something for EVERYONE on the Farm and we are so glad to be teaming up with the Twinery today!

As for the Twinery, twine is made from 100% cotton, it's eco-friendly and made in the USA. Whether you're gift wrapping, crafting or tying up baked goods to give to a friend, this TOP quality baker's twine adds a fresh, yet nostalgic look to any project at hand! The Twinery twine comes in 14 delicious colors and is uniquely twisted against a bright white hue, creating an eye-popping burst of color and a creative embellishment! It has lots of color which lends to a fun, candy-striped look.

When my twinery pack arrived in the mail I couldn't wait to play. I use twinery twine all the time on my cards, but wanted to do something extra-special with it for the blog hop. Straight away, I knew Iwanted to make a rainbow out of twine, so I set about thinking how it would work. In the end it was super-easy, and teamed with TGF's clear "MY FAIRY PRINCESS" set, I was rather pleased with the end result. The diecut clouds are cut from glitter cardstock, and the TGF sentiment even stamped really well onto the glitter card with Stazon ink, which was a lovely surprise. I colored my fairies with copics , of course, and added some stickles to their wings too.

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I hope you like my card. I really enjoyed making it and being part of this special blog hop.


Now...I DID mention something about PRIZES, didn't I? ;) There are TWO prize packs up for grabs and you will have until Sunday, October 23rd at 5pm CST to comment on ALL the blogs and enter for your chance to win one of them!

The Greeting Farm is giving away their ENTIRE November release EARLY to one lucky winner- that is four stamps in all and EARLY nonetheless!



The Twinery is giving away one "COLORFUL BUNCH" sampler pack!



That's TWO great prizes, TWO chances to win...and endless inspiration beginning HERE:


Julie Ranae

Jessica Diedrich

Emily Leiphart

Lori Craig

Caroline Stender

Carisa Zglobicki

Angelica Suarez

Tracey Pickersgill(that's me)

Tifany DeGough

Denice Bartucci

Grace Hester

Kim Yu

Becca Fabozzi

The Greeting Farm Blog




Thank you SO much for stopping by today!   Now it's time to head over to Tifany's blog. Thanks so much for sharing in our SUPER fun event today!

Farmer Tracey. XO.



Hi there,

An even quicker post today.

I played along with the My Favorite Things wednesday sketch challenge this week, just for fun.

Here's my card.

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I used an MFT Pure Innocence stamp, which i paper-pieced, and the cute new October Afternoon Sidewalks papers.

See you in a few hours for a special TGF blog hop/swap. There will be prizes!


Friday, October 21, 2011

.......and the WINNER is.............

Today's the day when my blog candy comments close so thank you one and all for commenting. I truly appreciate every single one of your comments, and thoroughly enjoy finding inspiration in all of your blogs as well.

So without further ado, i wrote down all the numbers from 1 to 24 on pieces of paper and popped them into a bowl. DD#3, who is 12 years old was walking past the computer as i was tearing up the paper, and was very eager to help. So of course she picked out the lucky number and when i said "that's great, now i have to take your photo with the number", she shrieked "no way, i've had a shower, my hair is wet and i have my pyjamas on". LOL! It actually didn't take much convincing for her to pose for the camera, so here  is Beatrice with the lucky number.......



Congratulations to number 24, who belongs to the very last comment of the post, the lovely DENICE.

A big bunch of candy is headed your way. Don't forget to email me your details.

Thank you once again for all playing along. 

Check back tomorrow for a super-fun blog hop with TGF and another fab company that i also LOVE.


Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tracey. XO.

Thursday, October 20, 2011



A quick post today with matching little gift tags for a new baby boy and girl.



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I have had some Teresa Collins canvas paper in my stash for a while now, and have been wanting to experiment with stamping onto it. The BUILD A ONESIE clear stamp set from the greeting farm was the perfect stamp, with a nice open area for me to airbrush with copics. Once i had colored the onesie i put it together with more TGF  clear stamps and various embellies.

Only one more day left to enter for my blog candy. All you need to do is comment on my blogaversary post to be in it to win it!

Good Luck,


Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Hi there,

How was your weekend. I have just returned from The Imagination Factory Retreat where i spent the weekend with 30 lovely crafty ladies. We had lots of fun and i got to color my little heart out all weekend.

I have used the new FUREVER clear stamp set from TGF. I inked it up and could not stop coloring once i put copic to card. LOL. It is SO adorable, you'll want one too.

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I think i am in love with TGF's new clear stamps. They are made of quality photopolymer and stamp beautifully. I especially like that i could stamp on the October Afternoon label sticker on this card and have the sentiment perfectly centred.

Today i followed Jen's Deconstructed Sketch , which helped my card to come together that much quicker. Always a plus in my book. Jen has a Guest DT spot on offer for the next few months, so i'm crossing my fingers, toes and everything else that i'll be the lucky one.

Here's the sketch for this week.....

So head on over, check it out and play along if you like.

Make sure you check out my previous post as my yummy blog candy is still on offer for a few more days.

Thanks for looking,

Tracey. XO.


Friday, October 14, 2011


YAY! Happy Birthday/anniversary, to my BLOG. My Creative Space turns one this week, and my has it been a year. The highlight by far has been chosen as a Farmer for The Greeting Farm.

Speaking of The Greeting Farm, today i am hosting Throwback Thursday at TGF and i am showcasing the XMAS SWEETIES set. Here's my card.


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Doesn't Ian look cute all dressed up in his Santa costume. I stamped him onto Xpress blending card using memento ink and then colored him in using copic markers. To finish off the background i airbrushed using BG72. The patterned papers are from Echo Park and October Afternoon, and the "ho ho ho" sentiment is from the same Xmas Sweeties set as Ian, and is available in the TGF store now.

It wouldn't be a celebration without blog candy though, so here's a pic of what i would like to give away.

If you like my blog and would like to have a chance to win my candy then all you need to do is;

 ( -a-) become a follower of my blog, and let me know in a comment on this post that you would like to enter to win my candy


(-b-)  if you are already a follower of my blog, then let me know in a comment on this post that you are already a follower and would like to enter to win my candy

and then

(-c-) it would be great if you could let your blogging friends know about my blog candy, but this certainly isn't a requirement to be in the running to win.

I really do appreciate each and every one of your kind comments, and friendship through blogging, so thank you one and all and good luck! I will draw a random winner from all comments received by 12.01am CST (US), or 4.01pm EST (AUS) one week from now.

Thank you so much for popping in to say Hi.

Tracey. XO.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011


I made a thank-you card recently for a special friend but couldn't share until i knew she had received it as i know she reads my blog. Well, she has received it, so now i can share.

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I used a Heather Ellis digi stamp for something different, and did some paper piecing on her dress. It was actually quite challenging to print the stamp onto the designer paper, but it all worked out in the end. I also used Copics to airbrush the background.

The girls go back to school tomorrow after 3 weeks holidays, so hopefully i'll be able to find a bit more crafting time.

It's hard to believe, but tomorrow marks my one year blog anniversary, or BLOGAVERSARY. Yay! I am going to do a blog candy to celebrate, but probably won't have it all ready and photographed tomorrow. But make sure you check back later this week to see how and what you could win.

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, October 8, 2011


Hi there,

I'm back in blogland after a fabulous family holiday to the Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney. We caught the train both ways, and saw all the wonderful sights of the region. Jenolan Caves was by far the favorite of all 6 of us, especially the adventure tour.

So, back to cardmaking. I had a play with another of TGF's new CLEAR stamp sets, CLEAR CHRISTMAS, and here is what i came up with........


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I was a bit worried to start with, as there wasn't much space to color in, but i am quite happy with the result. I actually colored over the black stamped tree in olive spica, and colored the stars in gold spica. I colored the glow around the stars in copics, and used the same color to airbrush the backgrounds. I didn't have much Christmas themed designer paper in my stash, so decided to use non-Christmas paper, which i think worked well. I also stamped a sentiment from the same set on the inside of the card.

Isn't it fabulous that TGF is now a Splitcoast Stampers member company! I've been hanging out on SCS frequently since the big announcement, and to celebrate, Marie is offerring free shipping on all orders for 24 hrs only. All you need to do is head over to SCS, check out the forum, join or leave a comment, and use the code from the forum in your order. What could be easier.

I'll be back soon with more "clear" creations.

Tracey. XO.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


HELLO and WELCOME to the OCTOBER release at The Greeting Farm!  Not only do we have FIVE SPECTACULAR new releases available, a NEW challenge team debuting today on the Farm Fresh Challenge blog, we are THRILLED to bring you a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT- probably one of the biggest in TGF history...


THE GREETING FARM IS PROUD to announce that we have been invited to be the newest MEMBER COMPANY on SPLITCOASTSTAMPERS!!!!!


We are beyond thrilled and honored to become a Member Company and cannot wait to share some of the benefits and excitement with ALL of you!


For those of you NEW to Splitcoaststampers (SCS), it is the single largest online community for stampers and a wonderful place to access tutorials, a vast online gallery, and tons of ways to get involved with their awesome forums dedicated to stamping and much more!  


As a MEMBER COMPANY, The Greeting Farm now has our VERY OWN FORUM to encourage ALL of our customers, new and old to get out there and chat with us, while we keep you up to date on the latest TGF happenings :)  With over 700,000 unique hits a month, we are excited about the potential to meet NEW Farm friends, but we are mostly SO, SO very excited about being able to have a 'home' to chat with you, get to know you better, and post fun and important information ALL in one place!   We really look forward to this being a means of getting closer to our stamping community, welcoming new stampers and getting to spend more time with our cherished current customers, as well!


Splitcoaststampers also offers a wonderful Member gallery where you can upload ALL your photos, even non- TGF cards, to their gallery and use different keywords depending on what you're uploading. Please use this keyword for all SCS gallery posts:  thegreetingfarm  (no spaces :)


Last but not least, if you are new to Splitcoast, it's a free service, so all you need to do is pop on over and register a user name and password just like our own Gallery :)   Should you lose the above link to get to the TGF FORUM?  No problem!  Just log onto Splitcoast, enter the FORUMS> Member Companies>The Greeting Farm!  WOO HOOOO!!!!!   We are SO EXCITED about this announcement!


If you have ANY questions whatsoever, please contact Jess and she will be happy to answer them!


Now...ON with the SHOW!   Hooray!  We hope that you will come to our RELEASE EVENT TODAY, beginning atNOON CST, and chatting throughout the day!  Around 10pm CST. there will be an ENTIRE release to give away to one lucky SCS user who chats with us on our "RELEASE PARTY CHATTER" thread, so come on over and check us out!  You can chat with us ANY time before 10pm CST-winner will be announced on the TGF BLOG and on our SCS chat :)


I have a special card to share with you on this release blog hop/ special news day. I chose the Build-a-onesie girl set and used three of the stamps on my card..........

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I stamped the onesie to begin with, onto xpress blending card, and colored it using copics and feather blending. I then stamped the little hearts onto the onesie and also onto some designer paper to paper piece the hearts. The larger heart i raised with foam dots.

I stamped my sentiment onto a little diecut tag and also colored in the diecut lacey edges in copics to match my onesie. I love this set and can't wait to play with the boy set too!


Last but not least, our DT BLOG HOP begins as there is ANOTHER OCTOBER RELEASE PRIZE being given away to anyone who completes the DT hop and leaves a comment here on the TGF BLOG!

Thank you so much for participating and for being here with us on such an exciting day!
Hope to see you ALL on the new TGF FORUM!  Hooray!


Thanks for staying with me for such a long post. It was worth it though, wasn't it to hear such amazingly good news.

See you on splitcoast,

Tracey XO.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Hello, TGF friends!


So, are you all exhausted, reeling from this FULL week of previewing the FIVE new stamp sets being released at The Greeting Farm TOMORROW?????  Well, we thought we'd help out with that and wind down the week with a nice cup of tea....


However, winding down is not all THAT possible because we have a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW, don't forget!  For now though, sit back...relax...and pour yourself a cup or two of inspiration from our new "Teariffic" set:


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I just LOVE the tea-riffic set. There are so many sentiments and bits and pieces in this set. I have so many more ideas. For my card today, i colored the teacups to match my favorite piece of Crate paper, and then added ribbon, lace, flower, and some diecuts. I think the sentiment finishes it off perfectly. A bit casual for me, considering i usually have way more layers, but i'm still happy with the end result.

I also followed Jen's deconstructed sketch from last week.


We are totally zen on the TGF BLOG today too (ok, we are bursting with excitement about tomorrow, but we are TRYING to be, anyway!), so be sure to head over for more project inspiration and another chance to WIN "Teariffic" today!  Thanks, as always for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow for ALL the excitement!

Tracey. XO.